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Washington State Educator Awarded Top Honor for Commitment to Growing Equity and Educator Diversity

May 15, 2022

Washington, DC – May 15, 2022 -The NEA Foundation awarded one of public education’s highest honors to Kathy Purviance-Snow, a career and technical education and social studies educator in Snohomish, Wash., yesterday evening at the NEA Foundation Salute to Excellence in Education. The NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence, which comes with $25,000, was presented […]

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The Algebra Project to be Celebrated for Commitment to Growing Access to Mathematics Education

May 5, 2022

Washington, DC (May 5, 2022) – The NEA Foundation will honor The Algebra Project, Inc., an organization that helps communities develop math literacy, with the 2022 First National Bank of Omaha Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education. The award will be presented at the NEA Foundation Salute to Excellence in Education in Washington, DC […]

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Work at The NEA Foundation: Now Hiring Strategy Officers to Lead Key Initiatives and Advance an Equity and Justice-Focused Agenda

May 3, 2022

The NEA Foundation would like to announce two strategy officer job opportunities to promote the best in public education with an emphasis on educational justice, equity, excellence and opportunity. Both officers will lead grants, awards and/or fellowship programs as well as help cultivate new partnerships and initiatives that invest in educators’ leadership, shared learning and […]

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During Teacher Appreciation Week and Beyond, Let’s Go the Extra Mile for Educators

May 2, 2022

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week, a time when the country celebrates teachers in a special way, and I hope you will join in the celebration! During these unusual times, we have witnessed incredible public-school educators’ perseverance, dedication, and innovation, to stay connected to their students and to encourage and sustain student learning. Yet, going the extra mile for […]

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